The headline band tonight are from Madrid Spain, however Hinds create indie rock that sounds closer to Scotland than anywhere else. The band take influence from Orange Juice, The Pastels and Teenage Fanclub and would not sound out of place on a compilation of old Postcard Records bands. Tonight Hinds are in The Dissection Room in Summerhall and are making their Edinburgh debut. The venue is close to capacity, possibly due to the Edinburgh Fringe being on, but more likely due to the growing reputation of the Spanish indie rock band.
Support this evening is from four piece Plastic Animals. The band released Pictures From the Blackout on Song By Toad Records in 2016 and they are back in their hometown to perform songs from this record. They begin their set with a pensive instrumental introduction before diving directly into the remainder of their set. At times the vocals sound muffled over the PA, but the audience gets to hear enough to nod their heads along in approval. As their set progresses the band become more animated and a track influence by Twin Peaks is a definite stand out.
Hinds enter the stage to a rapturous applause. They stand with their back to the audience and draw out the anticipation, before turning around and unleashing the energy and the lo-fi indie rock sounds. Debut album Leave Me Alone was released last year and the band have been touring and winning over fans ever since. Songs from this album make up the majority of the set, but the band do have time to play a couple of new songs, which sounds as infectious and as lo-fi as their previous tunes. Chili Town causes a mass sing along and the band are clearly enjoying playing to the Edinburgh audience. The band are on stage for less than an hour and the audience is left wanting more. With only one album (and a compilation) to their name, the set was never going to be a long one, but their appearance at Summerhall feels rather fleeting.
Hinds close the set with a cover of Thee Headcoats Davey Crockett (Gabba Hey!). The Ramones like chorus is infectious and the showcase the talents and ability of this fantastic and engaging band.
The gig tonight is is part of the Nothing Ever Happens Here programme of live music at Summerhall. Even though the Edinburgh Fringe is on the venue is committed to staging live music in the city, with gigs from The Pictish Trail, Lift to Experience and a Made in Scotland showcase featuring Withered Hand all still to come in August.